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When “Jokes” become reality: A Las Vegas Queer Couple Story of Survival

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The recent controversy surrounding these cishet black comedians from Kevin Hart not taking accountability for his homophobic tweets to DL Hughley calling a transwoman a pussy for calling him out on supporting Kevin’s Homophobic “jokes”.

It’s all “jokes” about not wanting your child to come out queer not until queer people get hurt or end up dying. 

A Las Vegas couple survived an attack from two cishet black men who followed them home and ambushed them. The name of the victims in this hate crime was Charles and his boyfriend Vincent. According to the local news KVVU station the attackers, Kealan Abraham and Andre Duncan, attacked Charles and Vincent at their apartment home after they followed them from Vincent’s job.

Charles was about to open the door when he heard Vincent calling out for help as Abraham and Duncan attacked him. They called him an abomination along with other homophobic slurs and language. The attack became so violent that a glass table was knocked over and one of the attackers grabbed a shard and stabbed Vincent in his back. Charles reacted quickly and pushed him away from Vincent.

The neighbors did nothing during the attack. The police weren’t called until after the attackers drove away. The attackers broke Vincent’s ribs and punctured his lung. Charles was hit in the head with a piece a glass but the attackers left him traumatized that they would come back and attack him again.

They were both hospitalized from the attack however they’re now both out and are staying with relatives until they find a new permanent location to live.

Below are the mugshots of the attackers.

                           

At this time Abraham and Duncan have been arrested and charged with battery with a deadly weapon, battery with use of deadly weapon result of substantial bodily harm and conspiracy to commit criminal contempt.

Charles and Vincent were both relieved after Las Vegas Metropolitan police called them to inform them that their attackers have been arrested. However they’re wondering why both of them aren’t being charge with a hate crime.

You can support Charles and Vincent on their GoFundMe page.

This is a tale of warning for cishet people who are trying to defend anyone who supports homophobia. The rhetoric that you call “jokes” are literally getting people who identify within the LGBTQ spectrum attacked and killed all in the name of comedy.

Take accountability. Change your behavior. Educate yourself on marginalized issues and why we drag you when you tweet stupid stuff on social media.

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Homophobia, Transphobia, and Down Low Exposés

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Homophobia and transphobia always rear their ugly heads amid celeb scandals. The personal investment of Americans in the romantic lives of celebs continues to show us how far we still must go for equality.

Every time someone with celebrity status is caught in a sex scandal it makes waves. However, none shake the table like a man questioning his sexuality. In this country, we are so heavily invested in policing who sleeps with whom to save an outdated hypermasculine standard. Stories like Dwight Howard’s make front page news with such unnecessary shock and awe. The thought of a man preferring another man or a trans woman should make no difference to any of us, yet it does.

The social cost of being a black gay male in America is high. Much is wagered in the game of living as a closeted gay male at any status level, but celebrity stacks the deck against you. Families could be broken, divorces bargained, and employment could become scarce. For those in the public eye, they face the ridicule of an entire nation where even those in the queer community delight in their exposure. The act of finding pleasure in someone’s unwarranted outing is homophobic point-blank period.

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Time has shown repeatedly that in the face of exposure, a closeted man will sacrifice your gay ass before he’ll live in his truth. Stop protecting trade! We’ve seen this with Tyga, Bobby Valentino, Young Buck, and countless others. These exposés always come with rhetoric like “This is why no one takes the trans community seriously. The gays and the girls come up missing over this. No one wants to claim y’all.” We find ourselves vowing to stop interacting with people who won’t live out loud. When the dust settles, we’re back in the mess, sacrificing our dignity for some subpar dick or a couple coins.

Through all of this, the queer community becomes the butt of every joke. People reignite the stigma surrounding AIDS and gay men, they trivialize the trans experience, all because someone got burned.

What is the benefit? Why should any queer person make the decision to put themselves second because someone is too weak to come forward?

Weak

Dwight Howard, and any number of your faves, had the opportunity to stand proudly on their accomplishments and chisel away at the stigma surrounding unconventional love. They film these inspiring commercials for athletic companies with language that encourages digging deep and pushing through resistance but can’t even do that for the people they love. They openly chide an entire community that they are secretly a part of and people give them all the benefits of living in the open while their closet is built like a panic room.

Milan Christopher Transphobia

Milan Christopher, what are you doing?!

Stop it!

Down low men profit from homophobic and transphobic environments. We cannot continue to excuse the behavior of men who exploit a community that is divided. Remarks that capitalize on transphobia, like Milan Christopher’s, are the type that enable men like Dwight Howard to exploit feminine gay men or trans women. Stop protecting these men who sit guarded while queer people are killed with no justice, denied access to healthcare, marriage, and housing.

Until they want to be a part of our community, they should have no part of you.

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Remembering Black Lives on Trans Day of Remembrance

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As we remember people of the trans community who were lost to acts of violence, we must include this fact. 82 percent of the lives lost since the beginning of 2018 were women of color.

In recent years, bloggers and news media have been careful to include more coverage regarding violence against trans people. This exposure, while informative, is frequently incomplete. Many deaths go unreported and worse, some are misgendered upon discovery. While representation for this community may be at an all-time high, they are frequently depicted as victims, killers, or villains in media. These exploitative portrayals fuel stereotypes that trans people are degenerates and influence prejudice. These prejudices manifest in the worst way.

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Anti-trans acts of violence are on the rise and we have a responsibility to petition for their safety. Trans women of color face high rates of murder, homelessness, and incarceration. While access to housing, employment, and health care exists, there are no protections in place to prevent discrimination based on gender identity or expression in some states. This leaves thousands susceptible to hate crimes for which there is no requirement to report them to the FBI.

Looking Forward

So, what can we do to be allies? We can be careful about confidentiality, “outing”, and ensure we use the proper pronouns. Respect their privacy by not asking about their surgical status. Challenge people who use anti-trans language or make jokes at their expense. We owe it to members of this community to be inclusive and they fight for equity. In the hopes that one day the conversation regarding trans lives will shift from acts of violence to their great works and contributions to society, let’s be supportive. It is only through this will the lives of those lost not be in vain.

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